Occupywallst is not going anywhere; certainly not anytime soon. You can kick them out of parks and arrest all of ‘em a dozen times. They’ll keep coming back, they’ll keep meeting up somewhere else and likely with more people. Every time you rough up one encampment, another one sprouts up in a different city. This is because by every objective measurement people are fucked out there. This nation is pretty fucked for a lot of people. There is no movement in the government to improve our situation (and certainly not for the lower or middle classes) so why would #OWS stop when nothing has changed? If anything the lack of change proves how right they are in their message.
The reason I explain this to you all is because I’m terrified that this is going to build until a single event, an event where something could happen that none of us wants to even think about. If the police continue to become more and more brutal, more and more intolerant of this protest (which may I repeat, is NOT going anywhere) then there’s only one logical end: protesters being killed. It could be some random hateful cop or a poorly-thought executive order but if we continue down this path it will happen. It could happen from our side but just looking at the history I don’t that see that as likely.
So for once, for once in our existence as Americans can we talk about this, make a change, without there being blood in the streets?
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” - John F. Kennedy
i greatly fear that it will be denver that has a protestor killed first.
Daniel Garcia’s Saturday night ended with an unwanted surprise.
While driving downtown after the night’s police raid on Occupy Denver, Garcia chose to publicly support the group by honking his horn. This, he would quickly learn, is technically illegal. Thanks to “either two or three honks,” he says, Garcia was pulled over and ticketed by a police officer near 14th Street.
Just to be clear, Garcia takes out the ticket and reads it. On November 12, at 8:30 p.m., he was cited for violating city ordinance 54-71, labeled “horns or other warning devices.” Garcia drove down 14th Street and was about to turn onto Broadway when a supportive honk earned a show of headlights behind him, accompanied by the signal for him to pull over.Kelsey WhippleOfficers prepare for an altercation with protesters three weekends ago.
The details of the “horns and other warning devices” ordinance are:Every motor vehicle when operated upon the streets and highways of the city shall be equipped with a horn in good working order and capable of emitting sound audible under normal atmospheric conditions for a distance of not less than two hundred (200) feet, but no horn or other warning device shall emit an unreasonably loud or harsh sound. The driver of a vehicle, when reasonably necessary to ensure safe operation, shall give an audible warning with his horn, but shall not otherwise use such horn when upon a street or highway.
"A cop asked me if I was responding to an emergency situation, and I said no," Garcia says. "He asked me why I was honking, and I said I was supporting Occupy Denver. He told me there’s a city ordinance against honking outside of an emergency situation and then stepped aside to search my car and trunk."
The entire situation lasted about twenty minutes, after which Garcia was handed a $60 ticket and warned not to return to the area. “He said, ‘If I see you over here again, we’ll pull you over and impound your car for disturbing the peace,’” Garcia says. “I asked if that warning also applied to the next day, but the cop walked away.”
Garcia’s future court date is currently scheduled for December 23, and he plans to plead not guilty and contest the ticket. The next day, Garcia was again present during a ticketing at Occupy Denver, though not his own this time: On Sunday, he watched an officer give a citation for stopping illegally to someone who was trying to pick up a protester in front of the park. In the past few days, several protesters and supporters have reported beingticketed for stopping illegally in front of the occupation while attempting to drop off supplies.
"I felt like my horn was doing what it was supposed to do, which was supporting Occupy Denver," Garcia says. "I’m going to go in, plead not guilty, tell the judge my horn was not defective in any way, shape or form and that I feel like I was harassed unnecessarily."
More from our Occupy Denver archive: “Occupy Denver: Police start ticketing drivers who stop to donate in front of Civic Center Park.”
oakland and seattle and new york all deserve to be well broadcasted. but how on earth is the police state that is happening in denver not being picked up on the radar? you can’t pause on the sidewalks. you can’t honk your horn.
Sure seems like it.
a) i thought i saw something last week (thursday or friday) talking about how cities were planning on kicking occupiers out all over the country in the upcoming weekend (this past weekend).
b) this whole trying to seperate #occupy from the anarchists is driving me nuts. if you think there is a segment of the occupy population within your crowd that is causing trouble, why not try to discuss it with them, since that’s what occupy is all about. i know as a whole, the occupy movement does not want to condone violence of any sort. and i know that some of the anarchist population is pro-property destruction. i personally am not pro-property destruction, but i understand the premise behind it, and i support that premise. how about, #occupy, you stop trying to seperate yourself from “the anarchists” (oooo, scary) and just keep up denouncing violence. many anarchists have been protesting for years longer and are willing to get arrested for supporting something they believe in. that works in the movement’s advantage.
The Colorado State Patrol, the Denver Sheriff’s Office and Denver’s police department are devoting significant manpower to the protests to keep crowds under control, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime…
While the state has yet to release its costs for the protests, the City and County of Denver spent nearly $365,000 through Friday on officer and deputy overtime, as well as park cleanup, according to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s office…
As for the Occupy Denver costs, Hancock says he’s continuing to monitor the costs, as they will certainly grow with this weekend’s march.
“Right now, I can’t specifically stipulate where it’s going to come from,” he said. “Some departments may say, ‘We can move some things around to help cover the cost of overtime,’ but we’ll see how it all shakes out.”
Occupy Denver costs through Friday
Denver Police Department - $237,000
Denver Sheriff’s Department - $116,000
Denver Health - $10,000
Public Works - $1,300
Environmental Health - $500
Source: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s Office
Scumbag mayor uses SWAT enforcement on a peaceful protest, then blames the protesters for the absurd cost.
we went down there saturday night, and there was a TON of swat still there, even though the rally had clearly died down to a group of kids who loved dubstep, and everyone on broadway was settling into sleeping bags and just sitting.
fuck you hancock. i ain’t got the funds to support your police state.
The ten angriest cities according to the Daily Beast concerning the Occupation. Denver is #1.
Occupy London protesters set for long haul outside cathedral as global action against financial institutions gains momentum Occupy London camp in front of St Paul’s Cathedral in the city of London. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP
In their stand against mammon, protesters occupying St Paul’s churchyard to vent anger at reckless bankers found heartwarming support emanating from the house of God.
Far from requesting that the 300-strong crowd be removed from the cathedral steps on Sunday , the Rev Dr Giles Fraser, canon chancellor of St Paul’s, requested that the police themselves move on as the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest entered its second day.
A line of officers had taken up position at the top of the steps to “protect” the building. “Which was very good of them,” explained the canon. But then he had asked them if they would leave, “because I didn’t feel that it needed that sort of protection”.
DENVER PD: take note.
Two protesters involved with Occupy Santa Cruz in California walked into Bank of America earlier this week to close their own accounts as part of the national protest against the greed and irresponsibility of Wall Street, which has only seen it’s profits soar since it nearly collapsed the economy back in 2008.
So Bank of America naturally closed the accounts, right? Not even close. Rather than allow their customers to close their accounts, they told them that “you can not be a protester and a customer at the same time.” The bank manager threatened to lock the doors and call the police to have their own customers arrested for the simple act of requesting the closure of their own accounts. The two women left the bank and called the police. The officer went into the bank and after talking to the manager, relayed a message to them. According to the bank manager, “If they came in with the signs and they were part of the protest earlier, then they are protesters and cannot be customers at the same time.”
Apparently, it is now a crime to close your bank account if it’s located at one of the big banks that nearly crashed the American economy. Just today, Citibank locked in their own customers and had them arrested for trying to close their own accounts. Just another reason why you should close your account if it’s in any big bank that hurt the economy and put your money in a small bank or a credit union. Banks are just looking for ANY excuse to keep the money they have in their banks. It shouldn’t matter if these folks are protesters or not. If you walk into a bank and request that your account be closed, the bank should give you your money and close the account. These banks are illegally holding the money these customers deposited, and they are willing to have their own customers arrested rather than give up money they want to gamble with. The police are arresting the wrong people.
i know i posted the videos already. seriously. get your money out of there. i bank with a local credit union; i’ve never had any trouble. in fact, they’ve even partnered with a bunch of other local banks and i don’t get charged ATM fees at those either. i could go on and on.